Barkerville, Williams Creek, Cariboo


Alexander Dixon, a coloured man, better known as "Dixie," and Rosario, were charged by Mr. Chief Constable Fitzgerald with creating a disturbance in Barkerville, on the 10th inst., also for drawing knives upon each other.

Mr. Fitzgerald, being sworn, stated that he was coming through Barkerville on Tuesday when he witnessed one of those scenes of disturbance which are not infrequent there. He saw Dixie and Rosario on the hill behind the houses where they had gone to fight with the knives. He separated them and told Dixie to go home, advice which he adopted. Sub sequent to this he saw a crowd on Barkerville street and Dixie came running out of Moses barber shop flourishing a knife in his hand, with the intention of attacking Rosario again. Witness believed that Rosario had not his knife drawn and he put in his pocket when told to do so. Dixie was the worse of liquor.

Mr. Cox- What have you to say to the charge Dixon?

Prisoner - What Mr. Fitzgerald said is nearly correct; when he told me to go home I went off; on my way home I met a carpenter named Bailey, who said to me, "Hold on and take a drink;" we were coming up together on the sidewalk when this man came behind me, I felt a "lick" under the arm, and then another on the back; and next found myself down on the road; Moses hauled me in.

Mr. Fitzgerald - The prisoner had it in his power to stay in Moses' shop, and Moses even tried to keep him in.

Prisoner- I just wanted to look out to see that this man would not strike me with his knife.

Mr. Cox - I will put an end to the drawing of knives in this creek. I fine you $50, or in default six months imprisonment, and you must find bail to keep the peace for six months. With respect to the Spaniard, he has never been before the court before.

Rosario - He (Dixie) owed me money and put me off from day to day for three weeks, and has not paid me; I did not draw the knife, I only use my hands.

Mr. Fitzgerald - I am not sure that the prisoner had the knife drawn, I rather think not.

A coloured man was sworn who testified to the Spaniard hitting Dixie and knocking him from the sidewalk on to the road on "all fours" when Dixie picked himself up and ran into Moses' shop.

The wholesome punishment inflicted in this case will have a most salutary effect in suppressing rowdyism on the creek. Mr. Fitzgerald deserves great credit for his promptitude in arresting the of fenders and bringing them to justice. We think it only right to mention that it is solely owing to the small staff of constables at the disposal of the very efficient chief constable that so many rows have taken place in Barkerville during the present season. We hope that this will be remedied next year and that an extra number of constables stationed here to preserve order. It will scarcely be credited that Mr. Fitzgerald had only two men to as sist him in preserving order in the whole of Cariboo, and one of the two has also had to act as jailer in Richfield. When the great amount of work that is to be done in this district is taken into consideration it is marvelous how small a staff has been able to accomplish it. Mr. Fitzgerald has had sufficient office work to do in connection with the courts to occupy nearly the whole time of a clerk, yet he has left no part of his police duties unfulfilled. We have very great pleasure in bearing testimony to the General efficiency of Mr. Fitzgerald for the important and onerous duties which he has to dis charge, as well as to the courtesy which he manifests to all who have any business to transact at the Court House. In Messrs. Wood and McNeil Mr. Fitzgerald has two steady and valuable officers, whose services we regret to say are very unrequited by the Government.

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